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Pussy Riot Found Guilty Of Hooliganism [UPDATED]

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A judge found three members of Pussy Riot — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich — guilty of “hooliganism,” while hundreds of people protested outside the courthouse, calling for “Russia without Putin.” The judge in the case, Marina Syrova, said the three defendants “committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred.”  The sentence has yet to be handed down, but Putin himself has publicly called for leniency in sentencing, though many believe he wishes to make an example out of the punk collective.

The women have been held in prison awaiting trial for the past five months, and prosecutors in the case have asked for a three year sentence, though they could face up to seven years, according to Russian law. The women of Pussy Riot have amassed an international cadre of supporters, including musicians Bjork and Madonna, actress Chloe Sevingy, and even Russian chess champion Gary Kasparov.

UPDATE: The women received a sentence of two years in jail, with the judge saying that they had “crudely undermined social order.” [Huffington Post]

In Honor Of Madonna’s Birthday: A Voguing Bar Mitzvah Boy

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WERK!

First things first, Happy 54th Birthday, Madonna! And now, onto Shaun Sperling and his Bar Mitzvah voguing. WERK! He was the belle of his ball back in 1992. That button down. Those moves. I need to know where Shaun is now so we can be best friends. While Shaun was becoming a man in suburbs of Chicago, I was becoming a woman in Phoenix, Arizona. Maybe Shaun would be impressed to know that I hired hip hop street dancers as the main attraction at my Bat Mitzvah. Or that I sang “That’s What Friends Are For” with my mom’s manicurist as a “gift” to all my guests. Yes I did. I need to find the video. [Gawker]

Madonna Speaks Out For Pussy Riot At Moscow Concert

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Madonna Speaks Out For Pussy Riot

Last night at her concert in Moscow, Madonna appealed for the release of Pussy Riot, a feminist punk band which has been jailed for five months after speaking out publicly against President Vladimir Putin. This video sent chills up and down my arms as Madonna spoke about censorship, democracy and freedom. What an incredible reminder not to take our freedom of speech for granted.

The three women were charged with hooliganism for performing a “punk prayer” at a Moscow church and praying for Putin to be removed from the presidency. During their five months of imprisonment, the women say they’ve been mistreated in jail. Their trial began on Monday and the women have said their judge is biased against them. I’ve been writing about Pussy Riot daily in Today’s Lady News, but Mother Jones has a good recap here. [YouTube]

Make Up For Ever Releasing Madonna’s Personalized Lipstick For The Unwashed Masses

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  • Make Up For Ever made Madonna her very own high-pigment red lipstick called Aqua Rouge #8 for her MDNA world tour, which is now going to be available in stores this September. Madonna’s personal makeup artists Gina Brooke helped design the shade. [Racked]
  • Sofia Vergara tops the list of Forbes magazine’s highest paid actresses in Hollywood. [Betty Confidential]
  • Russell Brand told Howard Stern he was “really into the idea of marriage and having children” with ex-wife Katy Perry, lending support to the theory that they broke up because she wasn’t ready to have kids. [US Weekly]
  • Here’s that KISS/Hello Kitty toilet paper that you didn’t ask for. [The FW]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow is in talks to star in a film version of Blood, Bones and Butter, the memoir by chef Gabrielle Hamilton. [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

“Sterilization Team” Cleans Away Madonna’s DNA

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Madonna is so amazing that, she apparently fears, her fans may just want to steal her DNA. So she does what any normal person would do: She has a “sterilization team” charged with wiping down her dressing room after every gig so that no stray hair, skin, or saliva remains. The Mirror gets this fascinating tidbit from a concert promoter in Portugal, where the Material Girl’s tour arrived yesterday; he adds that Madonna’s team also builds the entire dressing area using fake ceilings and walls, to ensure there are no hidden cameras. Read more…

The Daily Ovulation: Kindergarteners “Vogue” With Panache

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THE DAILY OVULATION
Kindergarteners perform Madonna's "Vogue"

I believe Voguing should be required kinder curriculum. A shout out to Mr. Avina and his class for their impressive rendition of Madonna’s “Vogue.”  Here was Mr. Avina’s take on the kindergartners performance:

“The parents adored it. You know, these kids come into school singing songs like ‘I’m Sexy and I Know It,’ so you know they are very capable of learning pop songs. By the end of the year, the nursery rhyme kiddie songs become a bit mind-numbing, so I wanted to teach them a pop song that I loved (and this was the result). When your expectations are high, your kids meet them.”

I couldn’t agree more. [Buzzfeed]

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